I’ve been on a bit of a reading binge this break, since it’s been raining (in California! what is going on with the world?). Go figure. Book two of 2016 is Charles Stross’s The Atrocity Archives, which is the first book in his series “The Laundry Files”. This novel is set in an alternate universe wherein advanced mathematics and computation can somehow summon Lovecraftian horrors. This application of math, initially researched by the Nazis in World War II and then kept secret by international non-proliferation agreements, occasionally finds its way into the wild—especially as it can be rediscovered from base principles by sufficiently skilled mathematicians.
Went to see the sunrise on the first day of 2016 from Capitola Beach! Took a few pictures, but I think this one is one of better shots.
Columbia University has always been known to be a so-called “activist” campus, in the sense that there are many groups of students on campus who champion social-justice causes. Many of these causes are recognized to be systemic issues in the United States (e.g. the marginalization of minority races, the colonization of native lands, the prevalence of gender bias in academia and industry, LGBTQAP rights, etc.), while others are more specific to the direct effect of Columbia’s presence in the world financial markets and its physical location on the border of Harlem (e.g. divestment, gentrification, etc.). Some activists care about all of these causes, others care about only a small subset.
Traditionally, collegiate activism has used the public opinion as a tool by which to force decision-makers to take issues of social justice into account. After all, an administrator charged with maintaining a safe and educational environment can hardly afford to present an image of discrimination and injustice—especially at a university which claims to be a world leader in diversity and acceptance. Each year, almost like clockwork, a new incident occurs in the public sphere which galvanizes activist groups to organize protests, rallies, and similar gatherings to draw the public attention to a new (or old) issue. This year, we’ve seen the events at Yale and Mizzou serve as that catalyst; last year, they were Emma Sulkowicz’s “Carry That Weight” mattress performance and the handling of sexual assault that preceded it.
Still, there is a silent majority of students who don’t care enough to voice an active opinion. And it is these students who activists need to convince to achieve effective change: the activists themselves are invariably a small subset of the overall population, and decision-makers rarely act without a belief that there is widespread discontent with the status quo. It’s important, then, that any activist movement carefully maintains its relationship with the wider student body.
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Grabbing the repository
git clone https://github.com/sameersbn/docker-gitlab.git cd docker-gitlab git remote add dokku [email protected] git push dokku master
Creating and linking the databases
dokku postgresql:create gitlab dokku postgresql:link gitlab dokku redis:create gitlab
Sharelatex’s community edition is now commonly distributed as a dockerfile, so it seems prudent to launch it with one of the smallest platform-as-a-service systems available.
The process is fairly straightforward, with a caveat or two.
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Apparently it was supposed to be a huge blizzard throughout the last couple of days. Didn’t quite happen, but snowy campus is pretty amazing, too!
I recently managed to get myself a Thinkpad Yoga, and (being me) I wanted to get a nicely-working install of Linux on it.
Some notes about extra configuration:
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And we have a curiously sunny day…
It’s almost as though we’re peeking over the hedge into the future!
Disclaimer: I wear many hats. This post, however, represents only my personal views, not those of any of the organizations I am a part of
To the first-years:
So you’re a first-year at Columbia with big dreams and (possibly) plans for the future. You might have planned out your trajectory at school, whether that be finding lucrative internships for yourself or participating in social activism. Or maybe you haven’t — I know I certainly didn’t come in with anything more than a vague notion of what I wanted to do.